A flood watch has been issued for southwest North Carolina and east Tennessee, effective from 10 PM EST / 9 PM CST this evening through Monday evening. The National Weather Service warns of possible flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall.

Areas Affected
The affected areas include Cherokee and Clay in southwest North Carolina, and Bledsoe, Blount Smoky Mountains, Bradley, East Polk, Hamilton, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, North Sevier, Northwest Blount, Northwest Monroe, Rhea, Sequatchie, Sevier Smoky Mountains, Southeast Monroe, and West Polk in east Tennessee.

Expected Impact
The excessive rainfall may lead to flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Additionally, low-water crossings may become impassable.

Additional Details

  • Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to bring more rainfall across the region tonight and Monday. Saturated grounds from recent rains increase the risk of flash flooding.
  • Residents are advised to stay updated on weather forecasts and be prepared to take necessary precautions if Flash Flood Warnings are issued.

Precautionary Measures
It’s essential to monitor later forecasts closely and be ready to act promptly in response to any Flash Flood Warnings. More information on flood safety can be found at weather.gov/safety/flood.

Stay tuned for further updates as the situation develops.